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Federal Judicial History

The Center conducts research and produces resources on the history of the judicial branch of the federal government.  These resources include compilations of historical data on the courts, information about judges and judicial administration, as well as publications on federal judicial history. The Center also maintains a biographical directory of Article III judges from 1789 to the present, engages in outreach and education on federal judicial history, and works to promote the preservation of the history of the judicial branch.

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  • Associate Justice Samuel A. Alito, Jr., formerly of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, took the oath of office for #SCOTUS #OTD in 2006
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  • #SCOTUS decided Buckley v. Valeo #OTD in 1976; challenge to Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971; Ct held that limits on individual campaign contributions did not violate 1st Am., but limits on campaign expenditures, including from candidate's own funds, were unconstitutional
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  • Senior U.S. District Judge Mary Lou Robinson (N.D. Texas) died January 26 at age 92
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  • Happy birthday to the District of #Kansas, established by Congress #OTD in 1861 (pic: Topeka federal courthouse, built 1884) #KansasDay @USDC_KS
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  • Congress assigned the District of Puerto Rico, established in 1900, to the First Circuit, #OTD in 1915 (judges of the U.S. District Court served 4-year terms; increased to 8 years in 1938; extended to tenure during good behavior in 1966) #PuertoRico
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